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Healthy Baking: Chocolate Fudge Avocado Cake

Avocado, highly regarded as a superfood in recent years, is native to the tropical highland regions of the Americas, particularly in Mexico and Guatemala....

Building a Ranch House for Under $200,000 in the Philippines

Frank Witteman is a retired Dutch geologist living in the northern Philippines with his Filipina wife, Lita. They met in Kuala Lumpur in 2001,...

How to Grow Beautiful Begonias in the Tropics

Everyone loves the beauty of begonias, but some gardeners living in the tropics believe begonias come from cooler climates and can’t be grown in...

Building with Mud in Tropical Regions

Getting anxious about how your new home might affect the environment? With all the buzz and tension about making sustainable and environmentally friendly choices,...

Healthy Mussels Moilee with Lemon Noodles

I came across a dish called moilee almost ten years ago when I was backpacking in India. Kerala was the first state that I...

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Tropical Countries

For most of us born and raised in a tropical country, we really couldn’t think of living anywhere else. The thought of living in...

Golden Cane Palms – Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em!

The Golden Cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a popular landscaping plant throughout the tropics. Its yellowy-gold petioles and infloresences and the more brownish-golden colour...

Pitfalls of Building a House in the Philippines

A Story of an Expat's Experience and Lessons Learned Building your own house can be rewarding for some and stressful for others, but it’s always...

Using Plants to Stabilize Slopes in the Tropics

In the small garden, the stabilization of steep slopes is usually achieved through the building of retaining walls. These can be built using a...

Growing Hoyas as Garden Plants in the Tropics

Hoyas are grown throughout the world for their beautiful flowers and exotic scents. In temperate climates they are usually grown as indoor or hothouse...

Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of...

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Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of...

A Delicious Asian Recipe for Rusty Jobfish

The Rusty Jobfish (Aphareus rutilans), which is also known in some countries as the Ironjaw Snapper, is a common reef fish that grows up...

Winter Dishes for the Tropics

It may seem strange to those who don’t live in the tropics when we talk about a winter, but in nearly every tropical country...

Special Tomato-based Pasta Sauce with Mamey Sapote

The mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is a popular tropical garden fruit in Central American and the Caribbean.  It’s not so well known in other...

How to Make Nasi Ulam Rice Salad

If you have lived or traveled in Southeast Asia, you probably came across nasi ulam, a type of tropical rice salad that is often...

Gardenias – White Roses of the Tropics

It’s hard to grow roses in the tropics - unless you are lucky enough to live in a cool highland region - but several...
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